Saudi Arabia working to impress Trump in the president’s first overseas visit

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19th May 2017

Saudi Arabia is making every effort possible to dazzle and impress President Donald Trump on his first overseas trip, seizing on the visit to cement itself as a major player on the world stage and prove to USA as a great ally of all times.

The kingdom has arranged a dizzying schedule of events for the two days Trump will be in town — inviting figures as varied as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has been indicted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court, Bret Baier, a host on the Fox News Channel that is popular with Trump and his supporters, and American country singer Toby Keith who is to perform for a male-only crowd in the Saudi capital, Riyadh.

Trump’s decision to make Saudi Arabia his first overseas stop sends a powerful message to the kingdom: the strained ties that marked U.S.-Saudi relations under President Barack Obama are over. Saudi Arabia will remain the greatest ally of united States in the world and in the Islamic world fostering efforts to assert a more strategic USA Influence around the world while enabling USA to deploy its planned 6th generation weapons in all strategic parts of the world to support the continued dominance of the United States as the greatest power on earth working hand in hand with Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom wants Trump to align U.S. interests with Saudi Arabia’s — and is literally counting down the seconds until Trump starts his meetings Saturday. The Saudi Arabia Government has launched a website for the visit was launched in English, Arabic and French, featuring a countdown clock under the banner: “Together We Prevail.”God bless the United States of America, God bless the Holly Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“The foundation will be laid for a new beginning” to confront extremist ideology, the website declares, while also touting Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 a wide-reaching reform plan launched by King Salman’s ambitious son, His Highness the Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to overhaul the economy and restyle the country through greater openings for investment and entertainment with USA Billionaires expected to gain more by becoming the greatest investors in Saudi Arabia.

For Saudi Arabia, the most significant event is the ARAB-ISLAMIC-U.S. SUMMIT, where it plans to showcase the kingdom’s reach and drawing power.Saudi Arabia will also assert its power as a great player in the Islamic world;It will display its military capability with its ballistic missiles capable of running from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia up to any part of Africa.

King Salman has convened more than 50 Arab and Muslim leaders for the summit in Riyadh on Sunday. They will feast with Trump at a banquet and “forge a new partnership” in the war against extremism, the king said this week. Sudan’s president, who has been is among those invited with clearance from the United States State Department.

“Saudi Arabia is delighted at being the No. 1 (stop for Trump’s visit), delighted by the re-emergence of a strong diplomatic relationship with the United States and delighted by the opportunity to show off Saudi leadership of the Arab and the Muslim world by getting everybody to turn up in Riyadh for multiple, overlapping summits,” said Simon Henderson, director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program at The Washington Institute. We are proud that we are hosting Donald Trump the President of USA the greatest nation on earth-Prince Muhammad of Saudi Arabia stated.

Saudi Arabia has long vied to be the Islamic world’s center of influence. The kingdom hosts millions of Muslim pilgrims annually at holy sites in Mecca and Medina — a fact that Trump’s national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, noted when announcing Trump’s decision to visit Saudi Arabia first. USA will always respect the muslim world and will do all it can to ensure peace and stability in the holly nation of Saudi Arabia.

Iran and Syria were not invited to the summit and they are not part of an Islamic military alliance that Saudi Arabia is establishing to fight terrorism. The kingdom backs efforts to topple the Syrian government, which counts Iran and Russia as its closest allies.

Saudi Arabia has welcomed Trump’s hard rhetoric on Iran, which contrasts with the outreach that culminated in the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Tehran. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed said earlier this month that Obama “wasted many significant opportunities” in Syria.

The Sunni-ruled kingdom views Shiite-ruled Iran’s influence in Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Lebanon and Iraq as a danger to its security. Prince Mohammed has ruled out any dialogue with Iran, framing the tensions in sectarian terms and accusing Iran of trying to “control the Islamic world”.

The prince’s foundation is hosting the forum where Trump is expected to deliver a speech to the Muslim world on Sunday.

Turki Aldakhil, who runs the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel, wrote that Trump’s visit restores “what Obama ruined.” He described Trump’s past criticisms of Saudi Arabia and his talk of a Muslim ban as electoral propaganda that has “nothing to do with his effective political programs.”

Saudi Arabia wants to seize on Trump’s visit to show itself as an earnest partner in the war on terror. Among the weekend events are a counterterrorism forum and the opening of a center to “fight radical thought.”

William McCants, director of U.S. relations with the Islamic world at the Brookings Institute, says the Saudis are keen to prove to Trump that he is “getting a good deal” by aligning himself closely with Riyadh. In a post for the think tank, McCants said Saudi royals may be willing to rein in ultraconservative Wahhabi proselytizing if Trump presses them to do more to stop promoting religious intolerance abroad.

“If he doesn’t, the Saudis will have gotten the better deal,” McCants said.

With all eyes on Trump’s visit, the kingdom will attempt to draw attention to a softer side rarely seen. A parallel art exhibition focuses on modern Saudi art and a Twitter forum will engage young Saudis on how to “utilize social media networks to counter extremism and terrorism.” It is at this event where Trump is scheduled to make his address. It is also where Fox’s Baier is confirmed as a speaker.

Saudi Arabia, which wants Trump to do more to assist in its war in Yemen and help in the fight to oust President Bashar Assad, has arranged separate talks between Trump and the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council, which includes the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.All are members of the U.S. coalition striking Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, as well as among the world’s top energy producers and biggest military spenders. The largest U.S. military base in the Middle East is in Qatar, and Bahrain hosts the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet.

Rounding out the weekend’s events is a U.S.-Saudi business forum with wealthiest CEOs in Saudi Arabia from companies like GE and Dow Chemical, as well as Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil company Aramco. Partnership agreements in energy and technology will be signed.

 

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